Peter McPherson

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Peter McPherson

Peter McPhersonPeter McPherson is president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A٠P٠L٠U).  He is the Co-chair of the Board of the Directors for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and is the Chair of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of HarvestPlus.

McPherson is the former Chair of the Board of Dow Jones & Company.

He was president of Michigan State University from 1993 through 2004.

From April to October 2003, he took leave from that position and served as the Director of Economic Policy in Iraq under the Coalition Provisional Authority.

In the years prior to being named president of Michigan State University, McPherson was a Group Executive Vice President with the Bank of America. While at Bank of America he was responsible for the banks in Latin American and Canada and later its trust and private banking business.  He was also chair of the U.S. banking community’s advisory board on the negotiation of NAFTA.

In the 1980s, McPherson was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. In that position he was one of three U.S. negotiators in the final weeks of the U.S. Canadian Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

In the 1980s he was also the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (the U.S. foreign aid program) and Chair of the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

McPherson earned a B.A. in political science from Michigan State University, an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University and a J.D. from American University Law School. He has received several honorary doctorates.